Cory Booker: city councilman, mayor, senator now seeking White House

Cory Booker on Capitol Hill
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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) officially announced Friday that he is running for president in 2020.

"I think the moment that he gets in, you're going to see activists, party folks coming out of the woodwork for him fairly quickly", said Brady Quirk-Garvan, the chair of the Charleston County Democrats in SC.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks on behalf of U.S. Democratic congressional candidate Chris Pappas encouraging volunteer campaign canvassers ahead of the midterm elections in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S., October 28, 2018.

In turn, Mr Booker has said he "loves" Mr Trump as part of his Christian faith and that his party should not make opposition to the president the centrepiece of its message.

Born in the capital Washington on April 27, 1969, Booker grew up in an affluent suburb of Newark, where he was a standout high school football player. Booker is expected to head to Iowa Feb. 8 and 9, to SC on Feb. 10 and 11, and then to New Hampshire over President's Day weekend.

In the Senate, Booker has at times favored a pragmatic approach, teaming up with like-minded Republicans on issues like criminal justice. Elizabeth Warren, Gillibrand and Harris. Sen.

Booker replied that it doesn't matter if he looks authentic, because the policy changes he made were authentic.

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He also regularly posts about his vegan diet and his exercise routine on social media. Booker is the second black candidate in the increasingly large and diverse 2020 Democratic primary field.

"I'm running for president". Four years later, Booker ran again and won by a landslide.

Booker began his political career as a member of the Newark City Council from 1998 to 2002, followed by becoming the mayor of Newark, a position he held for seven years.

In other corners of the Democratic Party, there is more skepticism of Booker. The second-term senator from New Jersey has appeared at political events in Iowa and New Hampshire as speculation mounted that he would parlay the Kavanaugh fracas into a presidential run. Booker recently described Carter as a "moral (giant) in America" and a model for "what I want my message to be in leadership". In 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) quietly vetted Booker as a potential running mate. Booker and Harris have worked together on the Senate Judiciary Committee and have a close relationship but are expected to compete for the support of African-American voters - a key constituency in a Democratic primary.

"Every candidate should run on their authentic self, tell their truth, and more importantly, or most importantly, talk about their vision for the country", he said. "Welcome to dive in along with I don't know, 10, 15, 30 other Democratic candidates".

But he has also emerged as a passionate interrogator of President Donald Trump's nominees - including Justice Brett Kavanaugh, at whose confirmation hearing Booker memorably unloaded in a heated "Spartacus moment".

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